cURRENT projects


FOR SALE - Nut & Bolt D90 Pickup Re-Build

This solid Left Hand Drive D90 200TDi was sourced from the south of France where it belonged to the "Pompiers" for many years. It gives us a fantastic platform for what is to come next, a D90 pickup that reflects our retro style. Click the link below for more info.



Our client came to us with a comprehensive list of requirements for this custom build. We started with sourcing the best donor vehicle available - a Left Hand Drive 110 300TDi Station Wagon which originated from Spain - that was rust free. This 110 will look a little different when it is finished. Click the link  below to see our progress



This car arrived in our workshop for a full nut & bolt re-build. Our customer has asked for a restoration back to it's former glory, mixed in with some serious upgrades all over the car. Click on the link below to see the build progress.

Recently sold


Our latest build is a 90 2.5 N.A diesel that has been finished in our signature colour, Atlantic Green. We love this colour as it is in keeping with the heritage of Land Rover. The  car has  previously served as a military vehicle in Bosnia & Kosovo.



It has been renovated in great detail. At the front it has had new LED Headlights, new gloss black powder coated bumper with LED running lights , new gloss black grille, & bonnet spare wheel mount.


To enhance it's road presence it has been fitted with 17x9" gloss black steel wheels with Cooper Discoverer STT PRO Tyres & the Retro Defenders wide arch kit. The car has all new anti burst door locks, door hinges & seals all round. Internally the car boasts new black series seats & cubby box.


No expense has been spared when it has come to this build. This is evident all around the car & non more so with the newly re-covered dash & freshly painted interior. Thankfully a new canvas top protects it all.


With its drop down tailgate, larger North America Spec LED tail lights, black gloss hinges as well as the black & silver Union Jack flag, the back end of this 90 stands out from the norm.


The tub of this 90 has been designed with functionality as well as style in mind, with bespoke black bench seats, bespoke wooden floor & the central spare wheel mount.

About Us

Our Background


 Having spent a combined 40 years+ in the motor trade Ben & Tim know a thing or two about modern and classic cars. They have honed their mechanical and fabrication skills over the years both at work and competing/involved in Auto Grass Racing, Brisca F1 & Off Road/Comp Safari racing, the latter being how they got hooked on Land Rovers and Defenders.  

Our Vision


To customise Land Rovers both new & old to give them a Bespoke Hand Crafted Retro look which makes us unique in modern day Land Rover customisation.  We feel most other companies are all doing the same things to the same cars, sounds boring  doesn't it! A Land Rover is far from boring so we do what we do best, make them STAND OUT from the crowd.

Our Time


 Based in the spa town of Harrogate, Yorkshire,  our philosophy is to do things reet proper. From mechanical to bodywork & customisation, our Bespoke Hand Crafted builds take around 3-4 months to complete. We are proud of the attention to detail we offer. In our opinion quality cannot & should not be rushed.



Land Rover Builds

Retro Defenders Series Nut & Bolt Builds

Customer Nut & Bolt Builds

Customer Modifications

RD Custom Parts Supplied or Fitted



We specialize in exporting older Land Rovers/Defenders. One of our main objectives is to see more of our classically cool Retro Defenders driven worldwide. We are already working with people in the USA & Australia but we can export them anywhere!    


Land Rover Service & Vehicle Sourcing

We are a Dedicated Defender workshop. 

From day to day Servicing and Repairs to Customisation/Restoration/Welding.

We also source quality Land Rovers for clients. If you are looking for some help sourcing a vehicle please contact us.



It’s Retro Defenders policy to only produce a minimal amount of builds annually, thus keeping our build quality extremely high and our service personal.

Ordering your Bespoke, Hand Crafted Retro Defender is a simple & enjoyable process. We always try to arrange an informal and non-obligatory initial meeting or video call depending on your location, then if you are happy to let us build your Land Rover a small deposit is then requested to reserve your build. Please feel free to call or email us below to arrange your project meeting. 

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Retro Defenders


+44 7595 715545 / +44 7919 386277